Waiinu Beach in South Taranaki was the final destination for huge sea
monsters as two giant whales washed ashore in the past three days.
Residents of Waitotara were surprised to discover what is believed to be a
dead 22.3m-long pygmy blue whale washed up on the beach, about 1.5km south of
the river mouth, sometime on late Friday night or early Saturday morning.
A Wanganui Department of Conservation spokesman said if this was a pygmy blue
whale, it was a rare specimen and the only one of its kind to have washed up on
this coastline for at least 30 years.
Then overnight Sunday a large sperm whale stranded itself on the beach.
Unable to re-float the large mammal, DOC staff had to put the sperm whale